Campus Wellness

Enhanced

A clean environment is critical to ensuring we limit the potential for community spread. The university is taking immediate steps to ensure we are prepared for our return to campus.

Housekeeping
We are doubling our housekeeping staff to ensure we are constantly cleaning the work, academic, and resident hall environments. These employees will be equipped with PPE and plenty of cleaning chemicals to ensure they can keep our campus sanitized. Their work schedules have been adjusted to better align with building operation hours.
 
If individuals identify an area that needs immediate attention in their building, please contact their building coordinator to report the sanitation issues. A list of building coordinators can be found on the Office of Emergency Management webpage.
 
Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting
We have ordered hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to strategically place in classrooms and business units. We cannot do this alone; individuals are encouraged to use these items to sanitize the immediate area and their hands. In addition, adequate amounts of hand soap, paper towels, and bathroom hand sanitizer are also being ordered.

 

Cleaning Strategy
While traditional housekeeping functions will be performed, an intense focus will be on high touch areas and common spaces. This includes, but is not limited to classrooms, computer labs, sitting and lobby areas, and frequently used, high touch areas. Housekeepers will be asked to continuously clean areas multiple times a day.

 

Self-Health

 

Self-Health Monitoring
Before leaving homes for work or residence halls to attend classes or other programs, all community members must check for symptoms daily using COVID-19 screening information offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone who is experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on this health screening checklist cannot come to campus. Instead, students with COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services at (252) 335-3267. If students also are campus employees, we encourage them to report any positive COVID-19 test to the Office of Human Resources so that we may assist them with their leave and work schedule adjustments.  We are constantly working with local public health officials to ensure we monitor our broader community and implement best practices to limit community spread.
 
Testing
Presently, we do not plan to test everyone prior to their re-entry to campus. However, the university is currently working with the local health department and medical providers to ensure our campus community has access to a test should their situation require it. Testing will be conducted off-campus at the local hospital. Insurance provides coverage to pay for a test, if individuals are determined to need one by a health care professional. 
 
 
Contact Tracing
Contact tracing will be used to locate individuals who have been identified to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus. The purpose of contact tracing is to identify cases, limit the spread of the virus, and provide appropriate care for individuals who have been exposed. When we discover that a member of our community has tested positive for the virus, we will follow standard public health protocols to identify and communicate with those who had close contact with the individual. This tracing will be conducted in concert with Student Health Services and the Pasquotank County Health Department. We are in the process of developing a protocol with guidance from our infectious disease and public health experts as to what happens to a class when a professor or student in that class tests positive. 
 
 quarantine

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance that no faculty, staff, or student should come to a college campus if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. In addition, this guidance calls for the immediate quarantine of individuals who experience any of the above. To that end, the university developed a number of quarantine procedures for campus members who may be negatively impacted by COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, or who test positive.

  • On-Campus Students (living in a residence hall). A student who becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or is exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case should immediately contact Student Health Services and quarantine. The student will be asked to contact a parent or guardian to transition him or her off-campus as soon as possible. In the interim, a university official will provide the student with personal protective equipment (gloves and masks) and transfer the student to a quarantine room until he or she is transitioned off campus. The student cannot return to campus until he or she tests negative for Covid-19. Negative tests results must be provided to Student Health Services to clear the return. 
  • Off-Campus Students. A student who becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or is exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case should immediately contact his or her health care provider and notify Student Health Services. The student should also immediately quarantine to prevent community spread. The student cannot return to campus until he or she tests negative for Covid-19. Negative tests results must be provided to Student Health Services to clear the return.
  • Employees. An employee who becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or is exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case should immediately contact his or her health care provider and remain off-campus. Teleworking arrangements must be made with the supervisor or leave must be taken by the employee. The employee cannot return to campus until he or she tests negative for Covid-19. Negative tests results must be provided to the Department of Human Resources to clear the return.